A Royal Performance
Oct 24, 2018
Noting that the Geelong Cup meeting can often favour those racing on the pace, Mick Kent was very happy once he walked the track and discovered a fair playing field - one which gave the stable more confidence regarding the prospects of Royal Order in the 1700m BM70 event.
Barrier 12 looked a suitable one for the lightly raced and promising five-year-old whose swooping style had him well suited in a race run at a good pace and Mark Zahra had him into a good rhythm wide but with cover.
"I was pretty happy to sit out there and he just kept flowing into the race," Zahra reported, "it was perfect and I was pretty confident a long way out."
At just his second run back from a spell - suited stepping up from 1400m to 1700m - Royal Order - travelled nicely to the turn and once asked for his effort was able to put in the big strides, strong to the line saluting by a length.
In doing so recording the third success of his ten start career, Royal Order impressed Kent as he always has - "he is a horse I've got a bit of time for," he said.
"He is out of a Zabeel mare so we have taken out time with him... you look after them and they look after you!"
"He had been a bit dour in the past but he has come back a bit speedier this time in."
"It was a lovely ride from the barrier," he added, "we didn't want to get too far back."
There are several options for Royal Order including a 2000m race on the last day of the Flemington carnival as well as the Ballarat and Pakenham Cups.
Royal Order's owners including his breeders Nigel and Meredith Berry would love another crack at the latter with the gelding's half-brother Oncidium Ruler finishing third in it last year.
A son of Commands, Royal Order is the third live foal and third winner for Princess Regina, a New Zealand bred mare whose third dam is the New Zealand Oaks and two times New Zealand Cup winner Princess Mellay.
Served last spring by Helmet having already produced a filly and a colt by him, Princess Regina is also dam of the three times stakes placed triple city winner Oncidium Ruler and the metropolitan placed four times winner Za Za Zoom.